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Gandhakuṭi

The name given to the special apartment occupied by the Buddha at the Jetavana monastery (J.i.92). The building, of which the Gandhakuṭi formed a part, was evidently called the Gandhakuṭi-pariveṇa, and there the Buddha would assemble the monks and address them (e.g., J.i.501; iii.67). The site, on which stands the bed of the Buddha in the Gandhakuṭi, is the same for every Buddha, and is one of the unalterable sites (vijahitaṭṭhānāni) (BuA.247).

The name Gandhakuṭi seems to have been used later in reference also to other residences of the Buddha. Thus, we are told (AA.i.226; see C.S.B., Pl.5B) that Visākhā built a Gandhakuṭi for the Buddha in the Pubbārāma with the money she obtained by the sale of her Mahālatāpasādhana.

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